In The Making of a Counsellor case studies illustrate work done with `impossible' clients; other essays about orphans and debtors, accountancy trainees and expatriate employees explore new ways of thinking about these groups of people. More traditional, perhaps, are essays about work with neurological patients, adolescent youth club members, traumatised families, and the chronically mentally ill. Each essay breaks fresh ground in understanding the complexity of the problems and the richness of the counselling relationship.
In vivid narrative, The Making of a Counsellor. conveys the experience of thinking and working as a counsellor. The original and thoughtful essays make this an invaluable source of ideas and techniques.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. Debt counselling: the unfortunate, the incompetent, and the profligate Angela Mann. 2. The inside story: on seeing clients in their own homes John Nicholas. 3. 'I was sick and you visited me': facilitating mourning with hospital patients and their relatives Julia Buchroyd. 4. Who is afraid?: managing anxieties in a youth club Trudy Chapman. 5. The world turned upside down: responses to trauma in the family Elizabeth Nabarro. 6. Culture shock: personal and organizational responses to an ex-patriate lifestyle Sally Holder. 7. Exam failure in the accountancy profession Julia Bridgment. 8. Being and becoming: a study of gifted young musicians Anne Bell. 9. Mirrors on girls and maths Ena Blyth. 10. Poor orphan child: an exploration of sibling rivalry Diana Bass. 11. James: working with a stammerer Barbara Rickinson. 12. The man no one wanted to see Maya Jarrett. Notes on the authors.
`... very useful to trainee counsellors ... range of subjects ... lucidity of the writing...' - British Journal of Psychotherapy
`... one of those rare books which manage both to inform and inspire the reader. ... Psychodynamic theory is not particulary fashionable in social work education at the moment, but nevertheless I would urge anyone who has doubts about its usefulness to read this book...' - Issues in Social Work Education
`This book is generally well produced...the essays are easy to read with good introductions, discussions and conclusions...it would be a good buy for the individual who is undertaking more advanced study with a view to developing his or her practice of couselling.' - Deborah Banks, Nursing Times.
`...well worth reading and should be added to the nurse tutor's library...' - Journal of Advanced Nursing